| Excessive erosion and sedimentation from land disturbing
activities has been linked to serious land and water
management issues of
concern to county residents. These concerns include the negative impacts
on the biodiversity, quality of life, pollution and loss of water carrying
capacity in local streams, and the protection of public health, safety and
welfare. On November 21, 2000 the Jefferson County Fiscal Court adopted an
Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) Ordinance. This Ordinance is
intended to conserve, preserve and enhance the natural resources of
Jefferson County by controlling the adverse impacts and offsite
degradation of soil erosion and sedimentation arising from land disturbing
activities. The formation of
the Ordinance development process began in July of 1997. The Legislative
History of the EPSC Ordinance provides background information and federal
mandates that brought the EPSC Ordinance to its maturity.
In the fall of 1996, MSD and the Jefferson County Department of Planning and Environmental Management (DPEM) agreed upon a joint approach for preparation of an EPSC Ordinance. In the summer of 1997, MSD and DPEM staff formed a diverse citizen's advisory committee to assist with development of the EPSC Ordinance. This committee was comprised of representatives from the following stakeholder groups: contractors, developers, engineers, homebuilders, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Kentucky Division of Water, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, local agencies, environmental groups, and concerned citizens.
The Ordinance evolved through a consensus building process; consequently, this process brought diverse groups together to develop a more inclusive set of standards to better fit all covered activities within the community. In the Spring of 2000, MSD's Board endorsed the EPSC Ordinance and transmitted the document to the Jefferson County Fiscal Court for consideration of adoption. On November 21, 2000, the Jefferson County Fiscal Court adopted the EPSC Ordinance.
Highlights of the EPSC Ordinance
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Updated: July 06, 2012